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Push to take up bike rebate

By Country News

The Victorian Government is urging the state’s farmers to take advantage of a 12-month extension to the rebate scheme to fit rollover protection on quad bikes, or substitute their bike for a safer alternative.

Eligible quad bike owners have until September 30 next year to take part in the $6million scheme, which provides a $600 rebate to fit rollover protection devices to existing quad bikes, or $1200 towards safer substitute vehicles, such as side-by-sides.

So far, the rebate has been used to fit more than 2340 quad bikes with rollover protection devices, which help to prevent riders from being pinned or crushed under a quad bike if it tips over.

A further 1600 subsidies have been given to farmers and other employers to help pay for substitute vehicles.

The rebate was announced in 2016 to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by quad bikes. The extension means that the $2.4million remaining in the fund could be accessed.